Paraorchestra is launching a second callout for D/deaf and disabled professional-level musicians, composers, and music creators based in the UK.

We have many exciting projects in the pipeline for 2021 and beyond, and this is your chance to play a part in our truly unique orchestra.

We are looking for musicians, vocalists, music makers and composers from across the spectrum. Whether jazz is your thing or electronica; classical or drum & bass; folk or R&B – we want to hear from you. You do not need to have had professional or classical training but you must be able to play (sing, compose, or perform) to a professional level.

A woman sings in a crowd on stage, warm lighting

We opened for applications on Monday 9th November 2020, and will close on Monday 21st December. We’ve made the process of applying as simple as possible: all applicants are asked to complete a short application either in written or video format, along with links and any other supporting evidence of their music-making.

After reviewing the applications in the New Year, we’ll invite those we’d like to hear more from to a day-long workshop in January 2021 led by Artistic Director, Charles Hazlewood, and Associate Music Director, Lloyd Coleman. The format of the workshop will be subject to government guidance on COVID-19 at the time and will either take place in our home city of Bristol or online. Shortlisted applicants will be paid for their time and we will reimburse any travel expenses incurred. If it takes place in Bristol we will also offer an online alternative for those who are unable to travel due to the pandemic.

Three men play a saxophone, a horn, and a trombone. A woman sings out of focus

If it feels like a good fit from both sides, you’ll be invited to join our fast-expanding talent roster. It’s from this pool of musicians we draw for almost all of our projects. That means that you too could be headlining main stages at major music festivals like Glastonbury and WOMAD, appearing on television and radio, and touring the globe; inspiring audiences with the power of music-making.

If you’d like more information on our projects take a look at this introduction to our Musician Callout from our Associate Music Director, Lloyd Coleman, or visit the Projects section on our website.

All the information you need to know about the application process, what we are looking for, and what we can offer you, can be found in our Musician Callout Information Pack. If you still have more questions, please visit the Musician Callout FAQs section on our website.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you!


Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack:

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack PDF

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack Word Doc

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack Large Print Word Doc

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack Large Print PDF

Guidance for Applying Via Video:

Musician Callout Guidance for Applying via Video PDF

Diversity and Equality Monitoring form:

Paraorchestra Equality Monitoring Form Word Doc

If you require the information in any other format please contact us on and put the word ACCESS in the subject heading.

Key Dates

Applications open on Monday 9th November at midday
Applications close on Monday 21st December at midnight
We will inform both successful and unsuccessful applicants by the end of 8th January 2021
Workshop for shortlisted applicants will be held the week commencing 18th January 2021

A note of thanks

Re-igniting our work this autumn and beyond has been made possible thanks to the support of DCMS and The Treasury’s Cultural Recovery Fund. We also give thanks for the continued support of our key funding partners, Arts Council England, The Mark Leonard Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and Bristol City Council.